CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap decided to pack the paint Saturday night and make the San Antonio Spurs beat them from the outside.
Danny Green and company did just that.
Green scored a season-high 23 points and the Spurs set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand the Bobcats their seventh straight defeat, 132-102. Green was 7 of 9 from 3-point range and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.
Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 10 games to push their record to 17-4.
Green and Parker were a combined 18 of 22 from the field.
"Tony was driving and the defense was collapsing on Timmy (Duncan), so there were a lot of open shots from the perimeter," Green said. "We were driving and kicking and moving the ball. It makes the game a lot easier when you're making shots. We haven't been shooting the ball as well lately from the outside so I don't blame them for trying to do that."
Dunlap said he decided to focus on the inside after the Spurs scored 60 points in the paint against the Houston Rockets.
The strategy backfired.
"We've been really good about moving the ball and we're really getting on the same page with that," said Duncan, who finished with 11 points. "When our guys get open shots they knock them down. So if they don't want to concede them in the paint, we will hurt them on the outside."
Parker scored 11 points in the third quarter and Green had eight as the Spurs pulled away and were never challenged after that point.
Manu Ginobili chipped in with 11 points and seven assists for the Spurs.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 23 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 13.
It was San Antonio's first game with Joey Crawford officiating since a Halloween photo emerged earlier this week on the internet showing Duncan and Parker holding fake guns to the head of a bald man dressed up as Crawford.
Duncan said the captain's meeting before the game was normal as he shook Crawford's hand and said they "moved on" from there.
"I will never reference it with him," Duncan said. "It's not a situation that I ever expected would get out or never expected anybody to make a big deal out of, so I'm not going to."
Duncan and Crawford have had a confrontational past but there were no incidents Saturday night.
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